CFPs FOR TWO EVENTS IN 2023, A Conference in June and a Symposium in August:



An ISS Conference at

The College

Of William and Mary

in Williamsburg, Virginia

on June 8-9-10-11.

ISS President Bob Gaines, a graduate of William & Mary, will preside. The ISS seeks paper presentations on the topic of “Shaw and Heroism” and how this is represented in his writings and experiences.  Send proposals and CVs to Laurie Wolf, Professor of Theater and Managing Editor of A Journal of Theatre and Performance of the Americas, at <> (757-221-2671). And please copy Bob Gaines at <> in your message.  Deadline for proposals for presentations is March 1, 2023. You will be notified of your acceptance status by March 40, 2023.


The International Shaw Society will be offering several travel grants aimed at young and emerging scholars from all over the world interested in participating in the Conference. Apply for these grants using the form you will find at:   The deadline for applying is March 1, 2023.    

Participants interested in applying for one of these grants must send their proposals, together with the grant form, to the Conference address  (Please copy ISS President Bob Gaines at in your message>.


A Summer Symposium at the Shaw Festival in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada, on July 20-21-22, 2023.


In 2023, in celebration of the 20th anniversary of the ISS, there will be an ISS Summer Shaw Symposium on July 20-21-22, for which paper proposals are invited. If you can’t attend the actual Symposium, one may also choose to register for a Zoomed version of this 2023 Symposium. For the actual Symposium, Travel Grants and Scholarships will be available to “emerging scholars.”  See Following is the official CFP from ISS Vice President Jennifer Buckley:


Shaw Symposium, 20-22, July 2023 

The Shaw Festival, Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ontario, Canada.

The International Shaw Society and the Shaw Festival invite scholars and theatre artists to present new work at the 20thannual Summer Shaw Symposium. The event will be held on-site at the Festival.

Focused on Bernard Shaw’s life, his works, his contemporaries, and his legacies, the Symposium seeks presentations that relate to the plays included in the Shaw Festival’s 2023 season, especially Village Wooing  and The Apple Cart.. We especially welcome proposals for presentations that consider the connections between Shaw and the other playwrights whose works will be staged at the Festival in 2023.  Please see for a full list of productions.           

 Send abstracts (250 words, PDF, your last name in the file title) and an abbreviated CV (PDF) to by February 28, 2023. Travel grants and scholarships are available; for application instructions, see  

Jen Buckley

Associate Professor of English and Theatre Arts

University of Iowa





The bi-annual SHAW: THE JOURNAL OF BERNARD SHAW STUDIES, published by the Pennsylvania State University Press (see html) is always looking for new material.  Contact the General Editor, Christopher Wixson, at  Specifically, future volumes are:


SHAW 43.2 (December 2023) and SHAW 44.2 (December 2024) will include articles on general topics. For inquiries about those issues or other information about SHAW, contact Christopher Wixson at

 SHAW 44.1 (June 2024): VICTORIAN SHAW

Guest Editor: Mary Christian

The Victorian era, usually defined as the period between 1837 and 1901, has been variously characterized as a time of breakneck scientific progress and rigid tradition, of widening democracy and insular hierarchy, of imperial expansion and the cult of domesticity. Bernard Shaw’s relationship with the era has been similarly argued over. Born twenty years into Queen Victoria’s reign and remaining active and prolific nearly half a century beyond its end, he has been described both as a product of Victorianism and as a rebel against it, an irrepressible herald of the Modern period. Howard Mumford Jones, a few years after Shaw’s death, called him an exemplar of “the energy, the fecundity, the curiosity of the great Victorians”; yet Stanley Kauffmann, a few decades later, would declare of Shaw’s nineteenth-century contemporaries that “their energy seems concentric, whirling in a closed circle around their lives and era,” while with Shaw, “the energy seems to whirl forward, to burst continually into a succession of futures.” Taking these varying judgments as a point of departure, SHAW 44.1 will focus on the theme of “Victorian Shaw.” This special issue welcomes articles that analyze Shaw’s connections or responses to particular people, events, texts, artistic works, or movements of the Victorian period, as well as articles that more broadly assess Shaw’s role in the field of Victorian Studies. Please submit essays by 1 May 2023. Inquiries and proposals should be directed to guest editor Mary Christian at


Guest Editor: Desmond Harding

In the now well-established terrain of the “new modernist studies,” we have become accustomed to revisionist and expansionist projects that open the field both theoretically and empirically to challenge earlier assumptions regarding the teleology of Modernism’s inner integrity, established practitioners, aesthetic practices, period boundaries, and principal geographical and social locations. Moreover, the study of modernism’s multiple and shifting locations beyond a traditional European-American axis is part of an ongoing process of revisionism that takes its cue from an analysis of the uneven experience of modernity viewed in both globalizing and transnational terms. The aim of SHAW 45.1 (June 2025) is to take the measure of Shaw’s place in relation to contested notions of literary modernism as the substantial expansion of its temporal and geographical scope reforms our understanding of the limits and limitations of Modernism, including its very meaning. Dismissed at times by peers and critics alike as a belated Victorian whose “drama of ideas” lingers on the borders of formal experimentation and style, a more nuanced account of Shaw’s voluminous writings—the plays, novels, prefaces, postscripts, proposals, reviews, pamphlets, broadsides, tracts, editorials, treatises, manifestoes, reports, and letters (private and public)—confirm his multifaceted importance as a modernist author whose work constitutes a series of unfolding relations with society and culture in both national and transnational settings. Inquiries and manuscript submissions are welcomed and should be sent to guest editor Dr. Desmond Harding at either or Department of English Language and Literature, Central Michigan University, Anspach 301F, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859.

SHAW 45.2 (December 2025) will include articles on general topics. For inquiries about those issues or other information about SHAW, contact Christopher Wixson at


The Shaw Society UK has its own journal called The Shavian, and for that see  Or email Anne Wright (   You can subscribe to either journal when you renew or begin an ISS membership:  just click on














Call for Manuscripts for “Shaw and His Contemporaries” series:


For Palgrave Macmillan’s “Shaw and His Contemporaries” series, send proposals to the co-editors, Peter Gahan <> and Nelson Ritschel  See the series at Discounts are available to members of the ISS. For Discount Code, contact Membership Secretary at Dorothy Hadfield


OTHER BOOK SERIES: The following are not seeking proposals for new books, but the books published are mostly still available for purchase, some available at and other online book retailers:


The University Press of Florida “Bernard Shaw Series,” Series Editor R. F. Dietrich.  The series is no longer featured as a series, so  you have to search by author and/or title. 


The University of Toronto Press “Shaw Correspondence Series,” Series Editor L. W. Conolly.

See  Scroll down to find all nine books in the series.